Every time I read the story of Adam and Eve and the fall I laugh.
Did two people have it any better in the history of the world? Have two people ever screwed up worse than they did?
Imagine what their lives must have been like. No jobs. No debt. No worries about the economy. No overbearing bosses. They worked, but it was easy.
No pain. No suffering. No disease. No death.
They didn’t have to deal with people either. It was just the two of them. Alone. Free to do whatever they wanted in a land known as paradise. Literally the Garden of Eden.
And don’t forget that they ran around naked all the time.
They were surrounded by good gifts. They had everything they could want. They lived in a world without rules.
Out of an abundance of fruitful trees, there was one they were told not to eat from.
I still can’t believe Eve fell for it.
First of all she had everything she could ever want. God had given her an endless number of good gifts, why did she want this one thing so badly? Talk about not being content.
Why did she listen to a talking snake? Surely that was a dead giveaway. I am certain that if a serpent starts talking to me my first thought will be, “Wait a second, you are a snake. Something isn’t right about this.” Who listens to a talking snake?
And why did she eat? It certainly wasn’t because she was hungry. Food was plentiful and starvation had not yet entered the world. It was just a piece of fruit and Eve was surrounded by ripe, delicious fruit.
I may have said it already, but Eve was stupid. And then I think to myself, “I would never have done that.”
I laugh and condemn Eve as I sit at home watching college football on a Saturday afternoon and the commercials tell me that my life could be better than it is right now. They tell me that God is not giving me everything that he could. The world tells me that I could be happier.
I could be drinking more Bud Light and find myself surrounded by countless beautiful women.
I could get rich by investing in gold and working from home
I could pull my dishes out of the dishwasher without streaks on them.
I could feel better by taking on additional debt to buy an over-priced German luxury vehicle.
And when I see all of these wonderful things that I don’t have, I want them. I imagine myself driving and wearing and doing and I scheme about how to get them.
Even if it is a talking piece of glass telling me about them.
And then I read about the fall again and remind myself just how stupid Eve was. Thanks goodness I am not like her.
Do you think Eve was stupid? What was the dumbest thing you have ever fallen for? Leave a comment here.
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